Sunday, April 1, 2007

Five Flowers One Garden

I have been enjoying working on my little postcards as it gives me a chance to work with a small piece inbetween other projects and actually look like I have something finished! I initially started with working with "studies" of the same flower but used different techniques and/ or fibers to finish them. The total piece was not the vision I had when I started, but somehow it all came together and had more significance when it was done. The first two flowers on the left side were painted with synthetic dyes and I used synthetic fibers to transfer the dyes onto. The top fabric is crepe backed satin and the lower one is a faux suede of some sort. Both came from the same transfer, but reacted differently with the background. The one in the center is a combination of commercial prints and solids with acrylic paints. The upper right is Crayograph Prang crayons and lumieres on a navy and green batik background. The lower right is a fabric paint with glitter on a commercial background. They were each lovely on their own, but while getting ready for a gallery display , the art gals in my group thought perhaps I should hang the post cards up for sale in one big sleeve. As I thought about it, I started playing and got an inspiration to make it into one piece instead of them becoming individual cards! The cards themselves reminded me of seed packets and I started playing with the stems until they made my garden. It reminded me that we are all from different backgrounds and makeup, yet we share the same ground!


Sandra said...

Great idea to turn the postcard study into a beautiful quilt.

Shelina said...

Wanda, this is a great project! I like making postcards too, and yours turned out wonderfully.